October 31, 2011

Biz Quizzard 396

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week October 24 - 29. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Gaurav Burman, a member of the family that owns consumer goods maker Dabur India, is buying minority stake in Team Lotus, a Formula 1 team. Which international business personality owns Lotus?

2. Which company has roped in F1 driver Karan Chandhok as brand ambassador of its Montra range of cycles?

3. The latest ad for which smartphone brand promotes the concept of 'finger talking'?

4. Which brand has rolled out its latest campaign (TVC currently on air) 'Adios Stressing. Hello Friday Dressing'?

5. Which lubricant maker has acquired the global rights of Veedol brand from BP Plc?

6. The Delhi High Court has barred UP-based Ramkumar Jewellers from using the brand name of which celebrity couple?

7. Sony Corporation last week announced that it will be acquiring 100% stake in which 50:50 joint venture?

8. In a first-of-its-kind credit to India’s growing technological prowess, Mumbai-based firm Prime Focus features on the poster of which well-known Hollywood film, to be released in the 3D format?

9. Which MNC has bought over London-based HIT Entertainment for $680 million?

10. Virginia Rometty will takeover as the CEO of which MNC on January 1?

11. Who has retained his position as the world’s richest Indian with a net worth of USD 22.6 billion, as per the Forbes India annual rich list?

12. Which business group is set to enter the luxury car business and will drive the India plans of British niche sports carmaker Caterham Cars?

13. Nokia Oyj last week introduced its first handsets powered by Microsoft Corp’s Windows Phone software. What has the range been branded as?

14. The newly-formed Family Office of which Indian business group has kicked off its first business initiative with a joint venture with UK’s PizzaExpress?

15. Which company has launched the world's first jewellery vending machine?

16. Which MNC has agreed to buy RightNow Technologies for about $1.5 billion to expand its offering of internet-based services?

17. The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) has announced a $250,000 prize money tournament in March 2012. Which brand is the title sponsor?

18. Which broadcaster has announced it is launching India's widest TV show, to be telecast in eight languages?

19. Which former cricketer will be joining as the Director of Kolkata-based SPS Group effective November 1?

20. Which MNC has signed a definitive agreement with B&G Foods of the US to sell its Culver Speciality Brands division for $325 million?

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October 23, 2011

Biz Quizzard 395

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week October 17 - 22. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Hero MotoCorp will soon start selling the first bike under the ‘Hero’ badge. What has it been branded as?

2. Tata Motors last week celebrated the silver jubilee of which highly successful commercial vehicle?

3. PepsiCo India is re-launching which beverage brand in Mumbai seven years after stopping its sales?

4. Which business group has roped in some of the major corporate entities into the WOW (wealth from waste) initiative?

5. Which business group has announced its entry into the rural wholesale and distribution business with the opening of its first ‘Aadhaar Wholesale’ store in Gujarat?

6. Which Indian business personality has been conferred with the Swiss Ambassador's 'Exceptional Leadership Award’?

7. Which fans brand/company has forayed into domestic appliances business with its new avatar Actus?

8. Which auto major is developing a mini sports utility vehicle (SUV), code-named the S101?

9. Saina Nehwal is the featuring in the television commercial of which well known personal hygiene brand?

10. Which MNC has launched its new campaign 'Khushiyan baatne se hi badhti hain’?

11. Which company last week announced a joint venture with Japan’s internet company SoftBank to focus on mobile internet services in India?

12. Which business group has roped in Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu to endorse its new lip care range, including lip moisturiser, Vasocare?

13. FC Barcelona, the Spanish football club, has named which celebrity as its Indian brand ambassador?

14. Which group has roped in Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan as the brand ambassador for its 'Nizam Collection'?

15. Which consumer products giant has announced the launch of a collection of online and mobile mini games called crazieRBrands?

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October 17, 2011

Biz Quizzard 394

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week October 10 - 15. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has launched a milk-based fortified dessert called Fundooz in India?

2. Which Chennai-centric English channel has been bought over by the Educational Trustee Company, promoters of Dina Thanthi?

3. What milestone has MRF crossed recently in terms of revenue?

4. Which MNC recently launched ‘Touch Mouse' in India, that it said “makes everyday tasks more fluid and intuitive by using natural gestures instead of clicks”?

5. I really liked this campaign. Which company has featured Aruna Anand, wife of chess maestro Viswanathan Anand, in its campaign with the positioning ‘Your dreams are not yours alone’?

6. Which MNC has sold its 12% stake in Consim, the company that owns the online matchmaking portal bharatmatrimony.com?

7. Which well known MNC has unveiled a partnership with Facebook Inc to help connect customers with its local stores?

8. Which business group has picked up a 42.5% stake in Force India, the Formula One team co-owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya, for $100 million?

9. Which brand is being promoted as a 'Caaaar', and not just a car?

10. Which brand has launched color diapers for the first time in India?

11. Which MNC will celebrate '3 stars' – each a symbol of Team India’s World championship victories?

12. Which movie is the most pirated in Hollywood history, according to a study released by TorrentFreak?

13. Which company has acquired majority stake in the UK-based women wear retailer EAST?

14. Which company has divested its entire stake in the US-based subsidiary, Element K Corporation, to SkillSoft Corporation for $110 million?

15. Which chocolate company has officially broken the record for world's largest chocolate bar, created in honour of its 100th birthday?

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October 9, 2011

Biz Quizzard 393

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week October 03 - 08. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has entered the premium water purifier market with its brand Marvella?

2. After establishing its new brand 'Live' for men in the premium leisure wear segment, which MNC now plans to take the offering to women?

3. Which company is looking to expand operations of its bowling alley arm, BluO, across cities like Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Mumbai?

4. Nestle last week screened a 23-second television commercial of its Beneful brand for the first time in Austria. What is unique about it?

5. Which state has been declared as the first 'total banking state' in India successfully completing the campaign for total financial inclusion plan (FIP) ensuring banking facility to all families?

6. Which country became the first in the world to impose a fat tax to limit the population’s intake of fatty foods?

7. Sudhir Vasudeva is the new CMD of which organization?

8. Which MNC has been ranked the world's most attractive employer by management and engineering graduates, according to the survey conducted by global employer branding firm Universum?

9. Which brand is the most valuable in the world, according to a report by Interbrand?

10. The ET Awards for Corporate Excellence 2010 – 2011 were announced last week. Who is the Business Leader for the year?

11. Why was the S600L Pullman model of Mercedes Benz in news in India last week?

12. Which portal last week launched a professional networking application ‘BeKnown’ for Facebook users?

13. Karisma Kapoor has been appointed as the new brand ambassador for which anti ageing skincare product?

14. The Government of India last week launched the world’s cheapest tablet computer. What has it been branded as?

15. Which business group has launched a toy store, Beanstalk, in Bengaluru?

16. A few weeks ago, a plush 21-storey building in the commercial district of Nairobi was sold to the World Bank for nearly $23 million (approx. Rs 115 crore), making it the largest single property deal in East Africa. Who is the seller?

17. In what could be the biggest deal so far in India's online gaming sector, which MNC has acquired all the equity in UTV's Indiagames for an estimated $80-100 million (Rs 390-490 crore)?

18. Katrina Kaif has been roped in as the brand ambassador for which watch brand?

19. Which auto major has associated with the world-renowned fashion designer Rajesh Pratap Singh for a limited edition of its sedan range?

20. The University of Texas in USA has named its School of Management after which Indian business and political personality?

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October 2, 2011

Biz Quizzard 392

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 26 - October 01. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Boeing last week handed over the first unit of its long-awaited 787 Dreamliner. Which airline?

2. Oswald Gruebel has resigned as the CEO of which MNC bank?

3. Which MNC has released its new campaign in India, ‘Survive the World’?

4. Goldman Sachs has invested Rs 1,000 crore to acquire majority stake in a renewable energy startup, ReNew Wind Power. The company has been founded by the son of which well known political personality?

5. Which brand has rolled out a new ad campaign that carries the message 'Stay Protected'?

6. Which telecom company has signed on actress Anushka Sharma as a brand ambassador?

7. Which MNC last week forayed into the intensely competitive compact car segment in India with Brio, a premium hatchback?

8. Which Nasdaq-listed IT firm has acquired Zaffera, a SAP retail consulting and software development firm based in Princeton, New Jersey for an undisclosed value?

9. The Economic Times Brand Equity’s Most Trusted Brands List 2011 was released last week. Which brand has reclaimed the No.1 position after four years?

10. Shah Rukh Khan recently featured in the print ad for the “world’s largest selling shaving cream brand”. Name it?

11. Which well known personality has been elected as the chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for 2011-2012?

12. Kaspersky Lab, a developer of secure content and threat management solutions, has appointed which celebrity as the company's brand ambassador beginning October?

13. Which Indian company has acquired UK-based digital agency Skinkers for an undisclosed amount?

14. McDonald’s is launching a national campaign for its newly launched ice-cream brand. Name it?

15. Which MNC has filed a suit in South Korea, seeking a ban on the sale of BMW and Audi cars, saying they use lighting products made by Siemens unit Osram that infringe its patents?

16. Kingfisher Airlines has decided to ground which brand?

17. Which global luxury brand opened its first museum in a Florentine palazzo last week, 90 years after its founder started a family leather goods business inspired by English aristocrats?

18. Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, last week took aim at Apple’s bestselling iPad with the unveiling of a device that’s smaller and less than half the price. What has it been branded as?

19. Which brand / group is Shah Rukh Khan’s maiden endorsement in the world of jewellery?

20. Which brand will be the official partner of Switzerland-headquartered Sauber F1 team at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, which is slated to be flagged off from October 28?

21. Which MNC is embarking on a global branding and advertising blitz, with the new-old tag line, ‘To fly. To serve.’?

22. Steve Yang has resigned as the CEO of which automobile MNC for personal reasons?

23. Which MNC is rolling out Rowson's Reserve, a new brand of Indian grain whiskey that is combined with scotch and aged locally in American oak barrels, in October?

24. Which company last week announced the launch of two leisure bikes, Classic Chrome and Desert Storm?

25. AR Rahman features in the print ad of which acoustics brand with the baseline ‘Hear the truth’?

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